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Detroit Eviction Defense is a coalition of homeowners, union members, faith-based activists, community advocates, and allied groups united in the struggle against fore-closure and eviction. We believe that affordable housing is a human right, the foundation of a viable community.

It’s never too late to organize in defense of your home and your neigh-borhood, but no one should fight this fight alone.

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Group of people sitting anxiously

People waiting to get legal advice at a foreclosure clinic.

It's a crime!

From video sign says The Next Housing Shock

See CBS's 60 Minutes' shocking expose of how banks are committing fraud to evict homeowners.


"The time it takes us lawyers to win even the easiest of victories means most homeowners will not be helped. We have 3 part-time attorneys and thousands of summary eviction cases in 36th district Court.
“When people try to get modifications, the banks tell them documents are lost, and  give contradictory information. People are told, ‘You can’t be helped unless you’re behind in your payments,’ and  later they’re told, ‘You can’t be helped because you’re behind in your payments.’”

Ted Phillips, Exec. Director, United Community Housing Coalition

Contacts for assistance & activism

Detroit Eviction Defense Committee

Detroit Eviction Defense  Email: detroitevictiondefense

United Community Housing Coalition 
22 Bagley, Suite 224, Detroit 48226
Phone: 313-963-3310

Note: If you can't reach them by phone, please stop by the office.

Moratorium Now! Coalition  Email:


The Foreclosure Crisis

Banks still get bailed out,
While families get thrown out

Fannie Mae, an agency that was taken over by the feds when it got into trouble, insures banks against loses when they foreclose.

Fannie Mae then aggressively evicts families instead of negotiating relief. This government-owned agency is now the number-one evictor of families.

This video by Doo-Occupy tells the story.


U.S. uncovers mortgage abuse by lenders in metro Detroit, says Sen. Levin.

A two-year investigation of mortgage lenders found that "the companies made thousands of loans to homeowners in Metro Detroit and nationwide they knew likely wouldn't be repaid.

"The practices detailed in a 639-page report by the Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations, which Levin chairs, found nearly a third of mortgages made in Metro Detroit during the height of the real estate bubble from 2005-07 by the top 10 risky lenders fell into foreclosure by 2008. Investigators say the crisis has since worsened.

"One lender cited in the report — Long Beach Mortgage Co., a former subsidiary of Washington Mutual — sold more than 3,800 Metro Detroit homeowners on risky loans during the height of the market between 2005 and 2007. More than half — 51.3 percent — of those properties were in foreclosure within a year..."

The Detroit News, April 14, 2011
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Foreclosed boarded-up house with For Sale sign

In another case:

U.S. Gov't ordered 14 lenders and 2 servicers to reimburse homeowners

Who were incorrectly foreclosed upon

"Citibank, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the nation's four largest banks, were among the financial firms cited in the joint report by the Federal Reserve, Office of Thrift Supervision and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency..."

Yahoo Financial News
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True stories of mortgage abuses

From testimony before Wayne County Ways & Means Committee

Read more about how we got into this housing crisis.